Blountville, Tennessee, United States
JOHN CRAIG MCDONALD lives in Blountville, Tennessee, with Karen, his wife of thirty-two years, and with two cats and two dogs. Their daughter, Kate, and her husband, Justin Reynolds, live in the Borders of Scotland, not far from Crichton Castle. Their son, Seth, works in Cincinnati. For most of the last twenty-five years John has taught at King College in Bristol, Tennessee. Presently, he directs the Snider honors program there.
John’s interest in the Scottish Middle Ages in large part grew out of his heritage. A descendant of emigrant Scots from the 1760s, he studied the poet Robert Henryson while a doctoral student at the University of York in England. His scholarly publications include articles on 15th-century Scottish literature and history and an edition of a medieval religious handbook, The Meroure of Wyssdome, published by the Scottish Text Society in 1990.
John has also written poetry, largely pieces centered on events from the Gospels. A short cycle of these poems was set to music by the composer Kenton Coe. Another piece was published in Sojourners Magazine.
Of his novel Among His Personal Effects, McDonald states: “Twenty-five years of teaching medieval and Renaissance literature has given me a profound respect for the great richness and complexity of this age, so that, although the story in many of its details is fictional, I have tried very hard to remain true to the spirit of this period in Scotland’s history.
Interests: His hobbies are reading, writing, gardening, and watching British mysteries with Karen. He has recently completed a second historical novel, this time on the Battle of Flodden.
Published writer: Yes